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|Froggy plays in the band|
Author: London, Jonathan
Froggy's marching band practices for their debut at the Apple Blossom Parade, hoping to win the big prize.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.20
Points: .5 Quiz: 57166
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 2.10
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 33899
Common Core Standards
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → Read Alouds
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Craft & Structure
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Kirkus Reviews (12/01/01)
School Library Journal (04/02)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (04/02)
Full Text Reviews:
Bulletin for the Center... - 04/01/2002 This latest installment in the adventures of Froggy has a very traditional plot: Miss Martin tells Froggy, “If you and your friends start a marching band, and compete against other schools in the Apple Blossom Parade—you can win the prize!” The practice sessions that follow this announcement provide lots of reader-pleasing ka-BOOMs and honks, while demonstrating the cardinal rule of marching: “Don’t look left. Don’t look right. And DON’T STOP FOR ANYTHING.” Unfortunately, the climactic pile-up of band members that occurs during the parade when Froggy is halted by a “BONK” from majorette Frogilina’s soaring baton doesn’t have the necessary visual impact, and there’s no real logic to Froggy’s prize-winning response to disaster (he “started to wail a wild swamp tune”). The expressive, old-fashioned watercolor illustrations with charcoal outlines on clean white backgrounds have a cheery charm, however, and readers familiar with this ragtag band will enjoy their triumph. - Copyright 2002 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
School Library Journal - 04/01/2002 PreS-Gr 2-Froggy is back. After reading a sign in school about a marching band contest and a "Big Prize!" he follows the suggestion of the music teacher to start one with his friends and compete against other schools. He remembers his dad's old saxophone in the attic and then he gets: "Max on drums-. Leah on triangle-. Emma on recorder-. And Hannah, her twin, on cymbals-." Frogilina doesn't play an instrument, but she can twirl a baton. The music teacher tells them the rules for marching bands: "Don't look left. Don't look right. And DON'T STOP FOR ANYTHING!" Finally, after three weeks of practicing, the big day arrives. Everyone is looking straight ahead, and not stopping for anything, until Frogilina tosses her baton-and misses-knocking Froggy down right in front of the judges' stand. Remkiewicz's vividly colorful and animated signature illustrations will produce the same results that all Froggy fans enjoy-giggles, laughter, and fun-whether the book is read aloud or independently. However, this is a slightly different protagonist: he's more focused and independent. These added dimensions are particularly evidenced in how he handles this mishap. Froggy is growing up. What a great transition for children to witness, even if he is green.-Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Huntsville, AL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information. - Copyright 2002 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.